Ali Shungu is the most beautiful place I have ever stayed. My friend and I spent our last night there following a hectic business trip in Otavalo, and before heading to the jungle. The guesthouse we stayed in was exquisitely decorated, and even the most expensive camera in the world could not capture the beauty of the panoramic views from every window and around the grounds. The meals were delicious, as was the wine! Upon arrival, we were served homemade soup, and that was only the beginning of the the wonderful feast that followed later in the evening.
During our short stay, Frank and Margaret invited some of the local people from the area to the lodge. While drinking delicious coffee, we talked about life in the village and learned about local culture. While we chatted, we listened to regional folk music from Frank and Margaret's vast collection. The furnishings and the art in the lodge are amazing, and each piece has a unique story of its own. That evening will always be special to me, as I experienced so much of Ecuador in that special setting in such a short period of time. The next morning, Fabian, the driver, arrived at 0430 to take us to the airport to get to our next adventure in the jungle. But before going to the airport, he took us to a hotel near the airport where we would be able to store our luggage. We needed to leave it where we could retrieve it quickly for our flight back to the USA following our jungle adventure. This very important detail was pre-arranged by Frank and Margaret. Ali Shungu is a wonderful place to stay. The hosts will do everything possible to accommodate your needs to ensure you enjoy your stay. As I write this review and reflect on all that I experienced in less than 24 hours, I am amazed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Travelers enjoy the tranquility and beauty of Andean Mountains and Culture in our warm and spacious guesthouses, surrounded by 40 acres of private gardens and forests ...all just a few minutes from the world famous markets of Otavalo. ... more less